Haslam Park

Haslam Park is a picturesque and historic park in Preston’s Ashton area.

The park opened in 1910 and stands on land generously donated by Mary Haslam, a local cotton mill owner’s daughter.

Since 2006, the park has proudly flown a Green Flag, a testament to its high environmental standards and excellent visitor facilities. The area to the north of the park has been transformed into the Haslam Park Nature Reserve, offering visitors diverse scenery and peaceful walks.

The park’s location alongside the Lancaster Canal adds to its charm. The canal, once a vital transport route during the Industrial Revolution, now serves as a picturesque backdrop for the park and a popular route for walking and cycling.

The park is owned and managed by Preston City Council.

Unique Features of Haslam Park

The park’s unique features include the ornate Grade II listed main entrance gates. They date back to 1910 and have been meticulously restored to retain their original charm.

An original historic drinking fountain dating from 1911 still stands in the park. Councillor Makinson donated it to provide refreshments for visitors. Made from metal and set on a stone base, the fountain has an ornate domed roof. It brings a lovely Edwardian character and evokes the park’s original era.

Another notable feature of the park is the lime tree avenue. This beautiful pathway is lined with mature lime trees and provides a shady and scenic route for walkers. 

Haslam Park Nature Reserve

Haslam Park Nature Reserve sits at the park’s northern end and is a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. It occupies an area once used for farming. Today, it offers a diverse range of habitats and scenery, making it a perfect spot for bird-watching, nature walks, or simply enjoying the tranquillity of the outdoors.

The nature reserve features a lake, freshwater brooks, wildflower meadows, woodland, and open grassland. Together, they provide an attractive habitat for a variety of wildlife.

Activities and Facilities

Haslam Park offers a variety of facilities, including allotments, a children’s play area, a multi-use games area, tennis courts, and bowling greens.

The allotments provide a space to grow vegetables and flowers for those who enjoy gardening. The allotments are managed and allocated by Preston City Council. Further details can be found on their website.

Dogs

Haslam Park is a dog-friendly park, welcoming well-behaved dogs and their owners. The park provides an excellent environment for dogs, with plenty of open spaces to run around and an extensive network of clean, well-surfaced paths. The tree-lined avenue, in particular, is a favourite among dog walkers.

However, there are specific rules that dog owners must adhere to ensure the park remains a safe and enjoyable place for all visitors. Dogs must be kept on a lead when necessary and can only be let off in designated areas. 

There are also certain areas in the park where dogs are not allowed. These include the pond, play areas, bowling greens, and any areas where sports occur. These restrictions are in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all park users.

Dog regulations for Haslam Park and other public areas in the city can be found on Preston City Council’s website.

Accessibility

The park’s facilities are designed to be accessible to all visitors, regardless of their physical abilities. The park’s paths are wide and well-maintained, making them suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

The Friends of Haslam Park

The Friends of Haslam Park is a group of dedicated volunteers passionate about preserving and enhancing the park’s natural beauty. The group was founded in 2002 and plays a significant part in the management and maintenance of the park. 

The group organises various events throughout the year, including community clean-ups, nature workshops, and fundraising events. These events help maintain and improve the park’s facilities and foster a sense of community among park users.

More information can be found on the Friends of Haslam Park Facebook page.

History of Haslam Park

The park’s land was gifted to the town by Mary Haslam in 1908 to be used as a public park. The gift initially comprised 46 acres of farmland. It was made in memory of her father, mill owner John Haslam.

Haslam Park opened in 1910. The same year, Mary Haslam gifted an additional 33 acres of land.

In 1912, Mary Haslam employed landscape architect Thomas Mawson to improve the park’s design. New elements in the design included the lake, lime tree avenue, and drinking fountain. After some delays concerning funding, the plans were accepted by Preston Corporation. 

An open-air swimming pool was added in 1932. An aviary opened in 1934. Both were built using money proved by Councillor John Ward. Both the baths and aviary no longer exist.

Lancaster Canal

The Lancaster Canal runs along the northern boundary of the park.

Once a vital transport route during the Industrial Revolution, the canal is now a popular recreational route. The towpaths provide a safe and scenic route for walking, cycling, and jogging. The canal is also home to wildlife, including ducks, swans, and other water birds.

Location and Getting There

Haslam Park is located in Ashton-on-Ribble, northwest of Preston city centre. 

The park’s address is Bristow Avenue, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 1JE.

For those driving to the park, free parking is available on-site. The car park can be accessed via Bristow Avenue, off Blackpool Road.

The park offers free on-site parking, accessible via Bristow Avenue, off Blackpool Road. 

For those using public transport, bus services go to Haslam Park. One option is the 31 bus from Preston Bus Station to Lea & Savick.

There is no train station near the park. The closest is Preston.

Other Parks in Preston

Haslam Park is one of many parks and nature reserves in Preston and the surrounding area. Other parks include Avenham and Miller Parks, Moor Park, Ribbleton Park, Brockholes, Worden Park, and Beacon Fell Country Park. Each park offers unique features and attractions, making Preston a city rich in natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Located in the heart of Preston, Avenham and Miller Parks are two adjoining parks that offer a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. These Victorian parks are beautifully landscaped and offer stunning views of the River Ribble. They are home to various attractions, including a cafe, a Japanese rock garden, and a play area for children. 

Moor Park is the city’s largest and oldest park. The park features many facilities, including sports pitches, a skate park, and an observatory. It also hosts many of the city’s biggest outdoor events.

Ribbleton Park, located in the east of the city, is a community-focused park with a range of facilities for sports and recreation. 

Brockholes is a unique nature reserve located on the outskirts of the city. The reserve is home to a diverse range of wildlife and offers a variety of walking trails through its wetlands and woodlands. Its floating visitor village is a major attraction.

Nearby Attractions

Tourist attractions and things to do near Haslam Park include:

Nearby Cinemas

Cinemas near Haslam Park include:

  • Odeon Preston (0.9 miles) - 10-screen cinema at Riversway Docklands.

Nearby Shopping

Places to shop near Haslam Park include:

Nearby Hotels

Hotels near Haslam Park include:

  • Trivelles Park Hotel (0.3 miles)
  • Whitburn House Hotel (1.1 miles)
  • Legacy Preston International Hotel (1.4 miles)

Map

Map showing location of Haslam Park.

Map showing location of Haslam Park

Details

Haslam Park

Address and postcode
Bristow Avenue
Preston
Lancashire
United Kingdom
PR2 1JE